HOUSTON – During Carlos Darwin Quintero’s introductory press conference at BBVA Stadium on Wednesday, the striker made it clear that he is ready to work hard and help the Houston Dynamo get back to playoffs.
Before coming to Major League Soccer, Quintero made his way through Mexico in the Liga MX playing with big names like Club América and Club Santos Laguna from 2009-2017, scoring more than 100 goals during his time in Mexico. He then moved to MLS, where he spent two seasons with Minnesota United FC and became a key player.
When Quintero was asked why he opted to stay in MLS, he said he was happy with what he has done in the league with Minnesota, but wasn’t satisfied because he has a lot more to give.
“When the opportunity for me to come to Houston (appeared)… It became a priority. For me, it was very important to have a coach and technical staff that supports you,” Quintero said. “The goal as a team is to (make) the playoffs and in the personal aspect, my goal is to do a good job so we can get there and if (we) get to the playoffs it means we did a good job and I want to continue demonstrating the potential I have step by step, match by match.”
Quintero, 32, seemed very pleased to be in Houston. He knows that the Dynamo worked hard to acquire him and that he is a wanted player, not only by the club but by the fans.
“The opportunity (the Dynamo) are giving me has to be reflected on the field,” Quintero said. “I think it’s the only place where I can really talk and return them the favor of working so hard to bring me here.”
The Colombian forward is known for his goalscoring abilities. Quintero scored 21 goals and tallied 20 assists in two seasons with the Loons. He accounted for at least 40 percent of all Minnesota goals during his time with the club.
“It’s always difficult to find the players who actually make plays, and by making plays it’s scoring goals, getting assists, making the right pass that’s going to generate changes for the team,” Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos said. “I strongly believe that Darwin is one of the best at that so we are very lucky to have him here.”
There had been constant chatter about Quintero joining the Dynamo in the past, but many thought it would end up just being hearsay. Fortunately for Houston, this time the team made the deal a reality, with the help of Ramos, the club’s recently hired head coach.
“It’s been a long process to bring Darwin here, the process was accelerated with the hiring of Tab,” Dynamo general manager Matt Jordan said. “When we were going through the process, right away he earmarked within the league that he would love to have as part of this club and to the new future we are working towards.”
It was revealed that Quintero will wear No. 23 on his kit, but his exact position with the club is not yet listed. More changes to the Dynamo roster are expected to come.